Fantastic Fall Fantasy Arrivals

Posted by KC | 11/30/2016 07:42:00 PM | 0 comments »



FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM
FANTASY

PLOT:  In 1926 a young man captures magical creatures from all over the world.

                Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything, Jupiter Rising) is a collector of mythical animals and stops in New York and things go astray beginning an adventure.  This film is FANTASTIC!  It is funny, sad, and romantic and the beasts are amazing.  It is written by JK Rowlings who wrote the Harry Potter books.  If you like Harry Potter you will enjoy this character Newt.  It is wonderful for ALL ages.

TROLLS
ANIMATED/FANTASY/MUSICAL

PLOT:  A Troll princess must save her friends.

                Poppy (Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect) is a princess and the happiest of Trolls but the scary Bergens must eat trolls to be happy so the evil Chef ( Christine Baranski) captures some so Poppy and the unhappiest of Trolls Branch (Justin Timberlake) go on a journey. It is a very cheerful movie kids and adults will enjoy it.

ARRIVAL 2016
SCI-FI/DRAMA

PLOT: Twelve spaceships land on earth and a special squad must find out what it wants.

                Louise Banks (Amy Adams), linguistics (languages) and an elite force must try to understand the aliens and figure out what they want.  It is not an invasion movie and there is not much action.  It is not Independence Day: Resurgence so don’t expect that!  Amy Adams is a very good actress and she is very good in this film.  The film is based on short story but not by an American sci-fi writer but Ted Chiang’s “Story of Your Life.” The movie is cerebral and very serious but if you want to see a different sci-fi film this is it!


Birth of a Strange Holiday Movie Season

Posted by KC | 11/08/2016 10:54:00 PM | 0 comments »


BOO! A MADEA HALLOWEEN
COMEDY/HORROR

PLOT:  What is scarier than Halloween?  When Madea shows the ghouls who’s the boss!

                Madea and friends have to keep her granddaughter from going to a frat Halloween party for she is only seventeen. She sneaks out anyway and Madea calls the cops.  The college students are angry for stopping the party and try to scare Madea.  That doesn’t work out well.  If you seen Tyler Perry’s Madea movies you know what to expect; lots of stereotypes, jokes and a moral story.

BIRTH OF A NATION
HISTORICAL DRAMA

PLOT:  The story of Nat Turner, a slave, a preacher and a rebel in the antebellum South.

                Nat Turner (Nate Parker) is a slave and he can read the bible so his master for money lets Nat preach to other slaves to keep them in line.  His wife is brutally raped and beaten but when he baptizes a white man in the plantation he is whipped to unconscious.  He sees visions he should kill his slave owner and many others. The movie is powerful and the acting and directing is great. The background story of the movie is more interesting than the film itself.  It took producer and director Nate Parker ten years for the movie to be made.  

Fox Searchlight spent seventeen million to have it then Nate Parker was acquitted of rape in his college years and the victim committed suicide.  Many people think that was the reason why the movie is not making money because of the controversy.  No one ever ask maybe African Americans don’t want to see another slave movie!!  Black people want to see themselves in a successful, productive light between a slave film, gangster film or a Tyler Perry movie.

JACK REACHER: NEVER GO BACK
ACTION/THRILLER

PLOT:  Jack Reacher finds out a friend is in trouble in government.

                Jack (Tom Cruise) uses his skills to save a friend and he uses his strength and skill to do it.  The movie is action packed.  Cobie Smulders (Avengers, How I Met Your Mother) is a great female action babe.  Patrick Heusinger as The Hunter the evil assassin and typecast bad guy Robert Knepper as General Harkness.  If you like Tom Cruise and action this is a good movie.

DOCTOR STRANGE
ACTION/FANTASY
  
PLOT: Origin of Marvels’ latest comic book character

                Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch, Star Trek Into Darkness) is a talented yet arrogant neurosurgeon who is in an tragic accident and his hands are crushed.  He goes through his savings to meet the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) to restore his hands but he turns into a magical superhero. This film is great!  Cumberbatch is perfect as Strange and Swinton is good as the Ancient One but in the comic the character was Asian.  Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) is good as Mordo Strange trainer and Mads Mikkelsen as the evil Kacecilus who is not in the film enough!  The special effects are very psychedelic –if you can watch it in 3D please do to make it more strange!

Magnificent Remakes, Chocolate Lifetime

Posted by KC | 10/14/2016 08:43:00 AM | 0 comments »



MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
WESTERN

PLOT: A remake of the classic film.

In the 1960 movie a Spanish village is oppressed by an outlaw gang and seven gunslingers help. This version it is a baron who wants the town’s gold and Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Ruffo and Martin Sensmeier are the diverse cast to bring him down. Yes, there is a lot of action, lots of inaccuracies and the signature music is there near the end but it is so entertaining.

WHEN THE BOUGH BREAKS
THRILLER

PLOT: Loving, rich couple lets pretty young woman has their child.

John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut, Rosewood, The Best Man and Regina Hall, Best Man Holiday) cannot have children so they find a surrogate woman Ann Walsh (Jaz Sinclair)to have their baby but they don’t know the woman is in love with John and she is crazy. The good: The movie shows African-American couple are affectionate and successful. The bad: It is a Lifetime movie dipped in chocolate! You know what is going to happen you just don’t know when. If you enjoying paying to see love, babies and killings you should see this otherwise wait for it to come on well-Lifetime!

PHANTASM RAVAGER
FANTASY/HORROR

PLOT: The final movie of the popular franchise.

Reggie (Reggie Bannister), Mike (Michael Baldwin) and Jody (Bill Thornbury) the original heroes in the first movie join forces to stop Jebediah Morningside aka The Tall Man (Angus Scrimm), a dimensional hopping demon! The movie like the first makes no sense at all but it is like a nightmare. A nightmare makes no sense yet it scares you and you remember it and this film does that. It is low budget but at least it was made to satisfy the fans. I do believe this is the final film for Angus Scrimm did pass away. If you are a fan go watch this movie!

Fantasy, Fear and Fighting

Posted by KC | 9/28/2016 08:30:00 AM | 0 comments »


DON’T BREATHE
HORROR

PLOT: Three burglars target a blind military man.

Trios of young robbers decide to steal big money from a blind vet only to find out he is not helpless and he is not noble. Oh man, I was skeptical about the movie but when I learned Stephen Lang was starring in it I wanted to see it. Lang was the tough commander in the successful film Avatar and he doesn’t disappoint! The blind man can handle himself. The thieves and the audience go through hell before it’s over. It is very good to be shown at the end of summer.

PETE’S DRAGON
FANTASY

PLOT: Remake of the 1977 of the same name.

This is a “realistic” movie of a dragon living in the woods. It is slow moving but if you stick with it the film is wonderful and magical. The dragon’s design looked like a dog. It didn’t make money maybe because it was too cute and sweet but it was still good. Worth watching with the family.

KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS
ANIMATED

PLOT: A young boy goes on a quest to protect him from evil. Based on the novel of the same name.

Kubo tells stories but never finish them for he must be home before dark for sinister forces will find him so he has to go on an adventure to find magical sword, shield and helmet to save himself from his wicked aunts. It is very creative and visually stunning. It is a bit scary at times but still very good.

The Secret Resurrection of Suicide Sequels

Posted by KC | 8/21/2016 06:09:00 AM | 0 comments »


JASON BOURNE
ACTION/THRILLER

PLOT:  After 10 years of leaving the agency that turned him into a killer, he is drawn back in for someone tells him he wasn’t randomly chosen.

                Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) is back to find out about his father, the spy agency he used to work for and revenge too.  The movie is a thinking man James Bond.  It has excitement, drama and intelligent females.  The best thing about the film is Damon the original Bourne.  He is intense, macho and sympathetic.  It is worth seeming.

SUICIDE SQUAD
ACTION/SCI-FI

PLOT:  A secret government agency recruits super villains.

                Based on the comic book of the same name super villains such as Deadshot (Will Smith), Harley Quin (Margot Robbie), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), Killer Croc (Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje), and Diablo (Jay Hernandez). Their boss is Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) and with a group like this you have to be badass and she is.  The cast is very good and the stand-outs are Smith and Robbie in their roles.  The villain is the Enchantress (Cara Delevingne) she possesses a woman and she has massive power but she is not well-known and she wasn’t interesting.  The Joker (Jared Leto) is in their too but not much and he is fun to watch. Hopefully, the next movie their will have a better villain.  It is a mix bag of a movie but the good parts outweigh the bad ones.

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS
ANIMATED

PLOT:  Pampered dog has to share with another dog.

                Max is a cute, spoiled dog and his owner takes in a big, furry dog named Duke.   They don’t like each other at first and then they get into an adventure where the two have to help each other.  It is very funny, a little sad and action packed!  It is a fun to watch.  It has made a lot of money so a sequel is in the works.  GO, GO NOW!

MECHANIC RESURRECTION
ACTION/THRILLER

PLOT:  The sequel to 2011 The Mechanic.

                Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) wants to give up the life of a hitman but is forced to kill three people or his girlfriend will be killed.  Is Bishop a hitman or a superspy with all the gadgets, kills and the beautiful Jessica Alba.  Michelle Yeoh is a supporting character but she doesn’t do any martial arts.  It is as good as it gets with a Jason Statham movie.